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6/7     He reaches to the bottom of the barrel, scrapes, fishes, panders,
        and...
        http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/06/politics/campaign/06CND-KERR.html?hp
        Kerry selects Edwards as running mate.
        \_ I really didn't expect that.
           \_ I did.  Anything else would have been stupid.
        \_ Well, it could've been worse... and it could've been a lot better.
           \_ Curious, who do you think would have been better?
              \_ John McCain!
                 \_ Yeah right.  He didn't want it.  It would be political
                    suicide for him.
                 \_ I love how quickly GOP spin makes its way onto the motd.
        \_ Where's DrudgeGuy so we can mock him?
           \_ Mock away.  I'm here.  I posted insider speculation which was
              properly labeled as speculation.  There is nothing to mock.
        \_ People who think Edwards is scum:  Is there any reason other than
           that he was a personal injury lawyer?
           \_ It's not even that.  Repeat after me.  He's a deh moh craat.
           \_ He made his millions convincing juries that Cerebral Palsy can be
              caused by the OB.  It's schmucks like him that have been
              principle contributors to the mess of current health care
              insurance. -hates trial lawyers
              \_ Oh yeah. And pharma's massive direct ad campaigns have
                 nothing at all to do with it. Do the math. The lawsuits and
                 associated insurance costs are higher but they are a red
                 herring. Have you gotten through an evening of TV lately w.o
                 at least three ads for
              \_ Cf. http://www.discountblogger.com/archives/003001.html
                 The first comment draws on CDC and CP Foundation to support
                 the idea that malpractice _can_ lead to CP.  As said there,
                 ambulance-chaser he may be, but quoting junk science he's not.
                 \_ Thanks for this link.  I still think Edwards is a slimeball
                    but I'll look into the CP issue more. -hates trial lawyers
              \_ OB/GYN?
              \_ Lawyers don't make things bad.  They don't make things good.
                 A good lawyer represents their client as well as they can.  If
                 the law is 'flawed' and they take advantage of that for their
                 client's benefit successfully then they are a good lawyer who
                 does their job right.
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The Globe cited an example of Edwards' oratorical skills from a medical malpractice trial in 1985. Edwards had alleged that a doctor and a hospital had been responsible for the cerebral palsy afflicting then-five-year-old Jennifer Campbell. Edwards also settled with Jennifer's obstetrician for $15 million. Almost every medical professional agrees that Cerebral Palsy is a genetic disorder and that nothing a doctor does during a pregnancy has anything to do with it. It's people like this that are responsible for the high cost of health insurance. From the CDC: "Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that affects a child's ability to control his or her muscles. The part of the brain that is damaged determines what parts of the body are affected. Some causes affect how the child's brain develops during the first 6 months of pregnancy. These causes include genetic conditions and problems with the blood supply to the brain. Other causes of cerebral palsy happen after the brain has developed. These causes can occur during later pregnancy, delivery, or the first years of the child's life. They include bacterial meningitis and other infections, bleeding in the brain, lack of oxygen, severe jaundice, and head injury." From the CP Foundation: "Is cerebral palsy a disease or a genetic disorder? Cerebral palsy is neither a disease nor a genetic disorder. Cerebral palsy is a condition with many possible causes, such as birth trauma or brain injury, but it is not contagious or inherited." So, given that, I have a hard time swallowing, "every medical professional agrees that Cerebral Palsy is a genetic disorder and that nothing a doctor does during a pregnancy has anything to do with it." In my particular case, the umbilical cord ended up wrapped around me for a period of time which deprived my brain of oxygen. No one knew I had CP until my walking development was way behind schedule, but once it was discovered, pinpointing the issue was easy for the doctors. Edwards may be a sleazy two-bit ambulance chaser, but a quack quoting junk science he's not. Look for the TB a little later when I'm able to focus on something for a little longer than 30 seconds at a time. The more I read the article, the more it looks like a thinly-veiled slam on Edwards. I don't even like Edwards but this thing's hideous on so many levels.